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Comment: Re:The greatest thing we can do for society (Score 1) 990

by smbell (#37836012) Attached to: The Real Job Threat
You're so right. Because all the worst slums are filled with people who have all their basic needs met and no longer have a need to work. It's certainly not the case that those people have a distinct lack of the basic essentials for a stable life.

People don't need work. People need food, water, education, freedom... Work is generally a means to get the needs, not a need in of itself.

Comment: The greatest thing we can do for society (Score 1) 990

by smbell (#37834828) Attached to: The Real Job Threat
The greatest thing we can do for society would be to eliminate the need for jobs. While it may sound cruel (and probably would have some transitional issues) striving to put everybody out of a job is a vastly noble endeavor.

It would be amazing what we could do if we were free to do anything or nothing at all.

Comment: Re:This can be fixed. (Score 1) 585

by smbell (#37001456) Attached to: Saving Gas Via Underpowered Death Traps
We already have a close proxy to this with the gas tax. The weight of a vehicle is a large determinator of it's fuel efficiency. I have a mini-van (that probably weighs closer to an SUV than a small car) but it's rarely driven. It certainly doesn't cause 16x the road wear that my small car does as it's not driven nearly as often. My motorcycle gets the most milage put on it as that is my commute vehicle.

Comment: Re:Public Performance (Score 2) 189

by smbell (#36965484) Attached to: Zediva Shut Down By Federal Judge, MPAA Parties!
That's pretty much what the judge said, however his logic is highly suspect. In order to say it was a public performance he basically said because people are part of the public it is public. From the ruling.

Customers watching one of Plaintiffs’ Copyrighted Works on their computer through Zediva’s system are not necessarily watching it in a “public place,” but those customers are nonetheless members of “the public.” .... The non-public nature of the place of the performance has no bearing on whether or not those who enjoy the performance constitute “the public” under the transmit clause.

So watching a movie in the privacy of your own home is now a public performance.

Comment: Re:Obstruction? (Score 1) 203

by smbell (#36533318) Attached to: Man Updates His Facebook Status During Hostage Stand-Off
Your information on grenades is a bit outdated. Old style 'pineapple' grenades throw off significant fragmentation. Most modern 'frag' grenades (at least those used by military) have a much higher explosive payload and vaporize most of the outer shell on detonation. It's the concussion wave that the primary lethal force. There are some fragments, but they are not likely to kill anybody, just wound.

Comment: Really? (Score 1) 155

by smbell (#36268168) Attached to: War Over Arsenic Based Life
Scathing critiques, building of allies and preparation for WAR!!!11!1!!

Because 'Scientists question results of experiment, suggest other possible conclusions and additional tests' doesn't pull enough eyeballs? And we all know there's nothing we need more than over the top sensationalism in the news.

Comment: Re:No complaints? (Score 1) 241

by smbell (#35538062) Attached to: Who's Behind the Google-Linux License Ruckus?
Maybe you missed my reply other reply with a quote from Linus about android. I don't claim to speak for Linus, but I would expect that if he had such a problem with it he might say so when asked directly.
Linus said... patrick/brabadu: I don't worry about out-of-tree development for odd devices too much. I wish we could merge android, but I also accept it likely being a few years away. We had similar out-of-tree issues with the SGI extreme scalability stuff, and it took quite a while before the standard kernel merged all of that.

Uncompensated overtime? Just Say No.